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Sunday Sailors


The Mercedes-Benz Brighton Sunday Series runs fortnightly on Sunday mornings, all year (except over Christmas/New Year).

Two Series’ are run:

  • summer which runs October to early April; and
  • winter which runs April to September.

The starting signal is at 09:30.

Starts are a staggered or “Pursuit” style from the SYC Tower, which means that participants start according to their relative speed, with smaller boats starting first. The aim is to have the whole fleet finishing close together. Each boat is allocated a time in minutes that is their individual starting time after the starting signal.

Pursuit start handicaps for each entrant are listed on the race noticeboard at the Ken King Centre.

Courses are sailed around fixed marks as indicated in the SYC Sailing Instructions. The course for each race day is indicated on the SYC Tower and may be broadcast on the VHF race frequency.

Whilst racing is typically “No Extras”, an option to fly spinnakers (and incur an associated time penalty) was recently introduced to provide an option for relatively inexperienced participants to build on their crew work and boat handling techniques.

The typical duration of racing is 2.0 – 2.5 hours.

The Notice of Race, along with any Notices to Competitors for this series, are published on the SYC website at On Water > Keelboat Racing > Race Documents section or alternatively contact the Boating Department.

Series entry or casual entry is available online through the SYC website under On Water > Keelboat Racing > Online Entry. Results are published to the SYC website under On Water > Keelboat Racing > Results and a copy placed on the notice board in the Members’ Bar.

Please note that as part of SYC’s focus on safety, an annual Man Overboard drill is required along with an associated declaration and crew register. This is required to be lodged in October and remains current for 13 months. Failure to lodge this declaration may result in your result not being scored.

Also please note that it is mandatory for all who sail out of SYC to either be a current annual member or have a Sail Pass or a Season Pass. Sail Pass Memberships are available via Memberpoint or direct from the Boating Office on race day – it’s quick, easy and more affordable than participating in just about any other sport.

For more info click here or ring our boating office on 9599 0922


Sunday Sailors Reports

Each fortnight you will find published a detailed commentary written by Luffing Lance + /or Leeward Larry, complete with some interesting graphs + stats, it provides weather conditions, quizzes and most importantly, how well your boat is doing! – suggestions of how to improve and enjoy your sailing, often with humour and sometimes serious!

Please email [email protected] with any comments, photos or contributions, all are very welcome!


Winter Series 2024 Reports